4 star rating

Acer Aspire V3-571G-9435 Review

Pros: Excellent performance and graphics; Comfortable keyboard with strong feedback; Runs cool; Dolby Home Theater 4 utility for tweaking audio
Cons: Lid is fingerprint magnet; Below-average battery life; Stiff mouse buttons;
The Verdict: The Acer Aspire V3 delivers graphics punch and snappy overall performance at an affordable price.

REVIEW

SPECIFICATIONS

Who says that a notebook can't be powerful and affordable? Just in time for the back-to-school rush, Acer's $849 Acer Aspire V3-571G-9435 combines a quad-core Intel processor with discrete Nvidia graphics, making this 15-inch laptop a tempting choice for both work and play. But how does Acer's Ivy Bridge notebook compare to the competition?

Article Continued Below

Design

Acer Aspire V3-571G-9435Aside from the large glossy Midnight Black lid, the Aspire V3-571G-9435's design is pretty plain. The plastic lid and its chrome Acer insignia will inevitably suffer the indignity of fingerprints and smudges.

The notebook's interior delivers a gray plastic matte keyboard deck contrasted against a glossy black plastic palm rest. A gray power button with a blue LED indicator sits above the keyboard along with a long gray speaker.

The 5.8-pound, 15 x 9.9 x 0.9-1.3-inch Aspire V3 is a touch heavier than the 5.4-pound, 14.7 x 10 x 1-1.32-inch Sony VAIO E15. This is a great size for a college dorm room, but we don't envision many students lugging this around from class to class.

MORE: Acer Best and Worst Notebook Brands 2013 Rating

Display

Acer Aspire V3-571G-9435The Aspire V3 delivered vibrant color on its glossy 15.6-inch 1366 x 768-pixel display. When watching the HD YouTube trailer for "Rock of Ages," we enjoyed a cacophony of color, from the cherry red guitars and tube tops to the electric yellow of Julianne Hough's bathing suit. However, the blacks aren't as deep as we would have liked. With all of the top-notch components in this notebook, we wish Acer would give consumers the option of a higher resolution display.

The 212 lux display wasn't as bright as the 260 lux mainstream category average, but easily outshone the Sony VAIO E15's 141 lux screen. For an entertainment notebook, we were disappointed with the V3's narrow viewing angles; they washed out around 30 degrees to the left or right. Reflections were noticeable but not too distracting.

Audio

Acer Aspire V3-571G-9435The Aspire V3's speaker above the keyboard didn't get terribly loud when streaming Slacker, but the audio was consistently crisp and clear. We also like that you can tweak the sound via the Dolby Home Theater V4 control panel. This software has presets for movies, music and games. Even within music, we could choose from multiple profiles, such as Focused and Bright.

As we listened to Jill Scott's "Blessed," the artist's alto staccato was warm and gentle like a midsummer night's breeze. The cymbals, drums and piano were in harmony with no hint of distortion.

Overall, we'd recommend the Aspire V3 for in-dorm viewing entertainment, but you might want to invest in a pair of laptop speakers to supplement the audio.

Keyboard and Touchpad

Acer Aspire V3-571G-9435The Aspire V3 has one of the best keyboards we've used on an Acer notebook, thanks to its large, springy keys. We appreciated the extra-large Right Shift key and large Enter key, but the Right Tab and Caps Lock keys are on the small side. Overall, the flat keys delivered firm, springy feedback. During the Ten Thumbs Typing Test, we scored 52 wpm with a 1 percent error rate. That's slightly higher than our usual 50 wpm with 1 percent error rate.

Our fingers glided effortlessly over the 3.7 x 1.9-inch black matte plastic Elan touchpad. Multitouch gestures such as pinch-to-zoom, two-finger scroll and rotation were fluid and accurate. Unfortunately, the two mouse buttons, which are sunken into the deck, are stiff and not easy to depress. We eventually adjusted, but it was annoying.

Heat

After watching a full-screen video on Hulu for 15 minutes, the notebook measured a cool 84 degrees Fahrenheit on the touchpad. The space between the G and H keys and the underside of the notebook registered 83 and 87 degrees respectively. These temperatures are well below our 95 degree threshold of comfort, which allowed us to use the Aspire V3 in our laps for well over an hour in relative ease.

Webcam

Acer Aspire V3-571G-9435The 1.3 megapixel webcam inside the Aspire V3-571G-9435 delivered warm and rich color in natural lighting with a surprising level of sharpness. However, we noticed a bit of washout under florescent lighting. The webcam can capture stills and images in 1280 x 1024 via the Acer Crystal Webcam software.

Ports

Acer Aspire V3-571G-9435A pair of USB 2.0 ports, a tray-loading DVD player and a Kensington lock sit on the right side of the notebook. The left side houses a USB 3.0 port, HDMI, VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, jacks for headphones and a microphone and the AC adapter port. A 4-in-1 card reader is located along the left front lip of the notebook.

Performance

The Acer Aspire V3-571G-9435 packs quite a punch, thanks to its 2.3-GHz Intel Core i7-3610QM quad-core CPU with 6GB of RAM, a 500GB 5,400-rpm hard drive and Nvidia GeForce GT 640M GPU with 2GB of VRAM. In our real-world testing, we streamed a Netflix video with eight open tabs in Google Chrome and Internet Explorer while running a virus scan without seeing any stuttering.

The Aspire V3 also did well on our synthetic tests, scoring 2,595 on the PC Mark 07 benchmark, well above the 2,339 mainstream category average. The Sony VAIO E15 notched a slightly higher 2,452 with its 2.5-GHz i5-3210M processor and 6GB of RAM.

We booted the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium in 55 seconds with the Aspire V3's 500 GB 5,400-rpm hard drive. That's slightly faster than the 0:57 mainstream average. The VAIO E15 and its 750GB 5,400-rpm hard drive loaded Windows in 0:50.

The Aspire V3 lost its footing during the File Transfer Test, duplicating 4.97GB of multimedia files in 4 minutes and 19 seconds, a transfer rate of 20 MBps. That's far below the 35MBps average. The VAIO E15 performed slightly better with 23 MBps.

During the OpenOffice Test, the Aspire V3 took 4 minutes and 35 seconds to match 20,000 names to their corresponding addresses. That's 1:42 faster than the 6:17 mainstream category average. The VAIO E15 completed the task in 4:48.

Graphics

Notebooks packing Nvidia GPUs tend to deliver kick-ass performance, and the Acer Aspire V3 is no different. Thanks to its Nvidia GeForce GT 640M GPU with 2GB of VRAM, the Aspire V3 notched a jaw-dropping 12,780. That's more than twice the 5,268 mainstream category average. The Sony VAIO E15 and its Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU mustered only 5,964.

On the "World of Warcraft" test, the Aspire V3 delivered an impressive frame rate of 182 fps on Good at 1366 x 768p. That's more than three times the 51 fps category average. The VAIO E15 scored a respectable 56 fps. When we cranked the settings to maximum, the Aspire V3 continued to impress with 78 fps, destroying the 27 fps mainstream average.

When we switched to "Batman: Arkham City," we saw a frame rate of 37 fps on 1366 x 768 on low with the Aspire V3. On high, the frame rate dropped to 21 fps. Bottom line: you can play popular 3D games on the Aspire V3-571G-9435, but you won't be able to max out the settings.

MORE: 5 Ways to Supercharge Your Laptop For Under $100

Battery Life

Acer Aspire V3-571G-9435The Aspire V3 lasted a modest 4 hours and 46 minutes on the LAPTOP Battery Test (continuous surfing over Wi-Fi). That runtime is decent for a laptop with discrete graphics, but it's 31 minutes below the 5:17 mainstream average. Then again, the Sony VAIO E15 fared much worse with a time of 4:24.

Software

Acer Aspire V3-571G-9435Acer packaged the Aspire V3-571G-9435 with its usual cast of apps and utilities, including AUPEO!, a music streaming service that creates custom station by artist, genre and mood. There's also NewsXpresso, which organized our unruly RSS feeds into a visually appealing magazine-style format. Shortcuts for Nook for PC, Netflix and eBay are also included.

Instead of bundling all of its multimedia sharing features into one program, Acer breaks them out into two separate entities: clear.fi Photo and clear.fi Media. Both programs still facilitate easy media sharing between DNLA-compatible products. However, clear.fi Media handles video and music while clear.fi Photo handles photos exclusively. While we appreciate the new interface with its cleaner presentation, we're not sure if the media sharing needed two distinct apps.

Third-party software includes Skype, Microsoft Office Starter, Windows Live, Adobe Reader X and a 30-day free trial of McAfee Internet Security Suite (beware of annoying pop-ups).

Configuration Options

Our review unit (Acer Aspire V3-571G-9435) is priced at $849 and features a 2.3-GHz Intel Core i7-3610QM CPU, 6GB of RAM, a 500GB 5,400-rpm hard drive and Nvidia GeForce GT 640M GPU with 2GB of VRAM. There's also the $449 base model (Acer Aspire V5-531-4636), which comes equipped with a 1.3-GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core Processor B967 with 4GB of RAM, a 500GB 5,400-rpm hard drive and Intel HD Graphics.

Verdict

Acer Aspire V3-571G-9435With the Aspire V3-571G-9435, Acer strikes a nice balance between power and affordability. For $849, shoppers get a powerful quad-core CPU coupled with Nvidia graphics, and a comfortable keyboard. We also like that you can tweak the sound to your liking. Our two chief complaints with this laptop are its glossy, fingerprint-prone lidand the stiff mouse buttons. Overall, though, the Acer Aspire V3-571G-9435 is a great choice for students or anyone else searching for a jack-of-all-trades multimedia notebook at a good price.

Tags: Acer Aspire V3-571G-9435, acer aspire, laptop, budget laptops, notebook, reviews, Acer, laptops

Technical Specifications
Acer Aspire V3-571G-9435
www.acer.com


The central processor unit, or CPU, is the brain of your notebook.
Learn More
CPU
2.3GHz Intel Core i7-3610QM Processor
Operating SystemMS Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
The amount of memory our reviewed configuration comes with.
Learn More
RAM
6GB
The maximum amount of memory this notebook supports.
Learn More
RAM Upgradable to
8GB
Amount of data your storage drive can hold.
Learn More
Hard Drive Size
500GB
The rotation speed of a mechanical hard drive.
Learn More
Hard Drive Speed
5,400rpm
Your notebook’s storage drive (hard drive or solid state drive) holds your operating system, your programs, and your data.
Learn More
Hard Drive Type
SATA Hard Drive
Your notebook display is the primary viewing device for your laptop computer.
Learn More
Display Size
15.6
The number of pxiels (wxh) displayed on your screen at once.
Learn More
Native Resolution
1366x768
An optical drive allows you to play or record to DVDs, CDs, or Blu-ray discs.
Learn More
Optical Drive
DVD SuperMultiDrive
The speed of the optical drive.
Learn More
Optical Drive Speed
8X
Graphics chips are responsible for processing all images sent to your computer’s display.
Learn More
Graphics Card
Nvidia GeForce GT 640M
The amount of memory available for graphics processing.
Learn More
Video Memory
2GB
Wi-Fi connects you to a router or hotspot for wireless Internet access.
Learn More
Wi-Fi
802.11b/g/n
Wi-Fi ModelAtheros AR5BWB222 Wireless Network Adapter
Bluetooth allows you to connect to wireless devices such as headsets, smart phones, and speakers.
Bluetooth
Bluetooth 4.0+HS
Mobile broadband connects you to the Net from anywhere, even places with no hotspot.
Learn More
Mobile Broadband
Touchpad Size3.7 x 1.9 inches
Ports allow you to connect to external devices such as monitors, printers, MP3 players, and hard drivse.
Learn More
Ports (excluding USB)
Gigabit Ethernet; HDMI; Headphone; Kensington Lock; Microphone; USB 3.0; VGA
USB ports allow you to connect many external devices, from MP3 players to external hard drives.
Learn More
USB Ports
2
Card readers allow you to plug memory and expansion cards directly into a notebook.
Learn More
Card Slots
4-1 card reader
Warranty/SupportOne-year International Travelers Limited Warranty
Size15 x 9.96 x 0.99-1.3-inches
Weight5.8 pounds
AUTHOR BIO
Sherri L. Smith
Sherri L. Smith
Sherri L. Smith has been cranking out product reviews for Laptopmag.com since 2011. In that time, she's reviewed more than her share of laptops, tablets, smartphones and everything in between. The resident gamer and audio junkie, Sherri was previously a managing editor for Black Web 2.0 and contributed to BET.Com and Popgadget.
Sherri L. Smith on
Twitter Google+
FIND A REVIEW
Laptops
All Product Types Accessories eReaders Laptops Networking Projectors Smartphones Software Storage Tablets
All Subcategories
All Subcategories All-Purpose Budget Business Desktop Replacement Gaming Multimedia Netbook Nettop Rugged Student Tablet PCs Ultraportable
Brand
Acer Alienware Apple Archos ASUS AVADirect Averatec BeagleBone BenQ CTL Corp. CyberPowerPC Dell Digital Storm eMachines Emtec Eurocom Everex Fujitsu GammaTech Gateway General Dynamics Getac Gigabyte Google Hercules HP HTC iBuyPower Intel Lenovo Maingear MSI Nokia Nvidia OCZ OLPC OQO Origin Panasonic Razer Sager Samsung Sony Sony PlayStation Sylvania Systemax TabletKiosk Toshiba Verizon Viewsonic Viliv Vizio VooDoo Workhorse PC ZT Systems
Minimum Rating
Any Rating Editor's Choice 4.5 Stars 4.0 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.0 Stars
Screen Size
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 21 4 5 6 7 8 9
Resolution
1024x576 1024x600 1024x768 1136 x 768 1200X800 1280 x 720 1280x1024 1280x768 1280x800 1366x678 1366x768 1440x1050 1440x900 1600x768 1600x900 1680x1050 1680x945 1792 x 768 1900x1080 1920x1080 1920x1200 2560 x 1440 2560 x 1600 2560 x 1700 2880 x 1620 2880 x 1880 3200 x 1800 3840 x 2160 800x400 800x480
Weight Range
10.1 - 12.0 pounds 12.1 - 14.0 pounds 14.1 - 16.0 pounds 2 lbs 2 pounds and under 2+ lbs 2.1 - 4.0 pounds 4.1 - 6.0 pounds 6.1 - 8.0 pounds 8.1 - 10.0 pounds Over 16 pounds Under 2 pounds
more options
SUBSCRIBE